Irish Genealogy Society
monthly meeting was held
on 4/15/04 at
the Country Grove. Attending
were Kristin Ayotte, Lynn
Grice, Jeanne Keefe, Larry
and Barbara Malone, Bill
McGrath, Frank Ryan, Lizette
Strait and Donna Vaughn.
set the tone
with a lively
of a book, "Letters From the Attic" by
Gregg Condon. The book describes a collection of letters found that
describe the day to day activity of family members long after they
were gone. Don't ever underestimate the value of your "paper life" to
those that will want to know you and about you in years
the"Burials in Mt. Ida Cemetary". The films actually cover
much more than Mt. Ida Cemetary, these are burial records that cover
1832-1891 in Troy. Lynn has spoken with someone at the Libary and they
are in agreement that perhaps they can put a plan in place. Lynn is
following up, we had several volunteers at the meeting and know we
can get more in place to get the job done. I will let Lynn inform the
list of details as she is the "Project Coordinator" and
is much better versed in transcription than I who have never
worked on one of these undertakings.
Jeanne hopes to get with Mike
McAlonie this month and start training him so that the web site can
get up to speed. Old business was not gone over as all of it relates
to and depends on the web site getting running. (Mike are you out there???
We haven't heard from you in a bit and missed you at the meeting).
They are asking anyone on
the list who would like to
form a car pool or caravan
to contact Donna Vaughn and
let her know. Donna has sent
the link so that you can check
the site and see their great
array of resources. They will
leave from the Country Grove
parking lot at 8:30 am and
spend the day. Please contact
Donna for further details.
Reminder Oakwood Cemetary has
upcoming events and tours;
Sunday 6/6 1-2:30 "More Millionaires at Oakwood" Tom
Carroll, noted historian will lead the tour,
call (518)272-2521 to register, meet at the Earl Chapel
Tuesday 8/24 9am-11am "Tiffanys,
100 Mile Views, Uncle Sam,
a walking tour
with Terry Page,
meet at the
There are several other
events listed if you
are interested. I am
listing those that deal
with history and genealogy.
of "Adirondack Life" (10/03) and
came across an article on building the railroad in the Adirondacks
in NYS. On the list we often see people asking about occupations that
we find for our ancestors, usually in the steel mills and collar shops.
Many of our ancestors built the railroads and this article gave definition
to their job titles. Of course Frank Ryan piped right up and without
the magazine was able to define a "gandy dancer",
but then Frank is a knowledgable guy. I will post the information
to the list for those who have interest in railroading ancestors
(no pun intended).
met "living" relatives and is now corresponding with
them to fill in the blanks. We do hope they come back for more and
that those on the list who can come to a "first" meeting
will do that.
Our discussion on Emly, Tipperary
was postponed until Ed Connolly can attend and share his expertise.
Appears he hopped a plane for Florida to greet his first grandchild,
Brenna Reed born 3/26/04, does he have his priorities straight I wonder.
He and Bill McGrath should have some lively discourse as they appear
to be populating the next Irish generation here in the US.
Of interest to some out there
is that the NYS Libary has Oakwood Avenue Cemetary Records, also the
Renssalaer City Clerks office is now open until 7:00 PM on Thursdays.
We will plan on meeting on
Thursday, April 20th at 6:15 at the Country Grove across from HVCC.